Blood pressure pills taken by MILLIONS worldwide ‘raise your risk of lung cancer’, scientists warn
The most common ACE inhibitor, Ramipril, was prescribed over 27 million times in England in 2017. Other common names include captopril, cilazapril and enalapri
But other experts cast doubt on the findings and pointed out that the lung cancer could simply be caused by patients smoking at the same time as taking the drugs.
Up to five million patients in the UK are prescribed ACE inhibitors and they usually taken for high blood pressure or following a heart attacks.
The most common ACE inhibitor, ramipril, was prescribed more than 27 million times in England in 2017, costing £41 million, according to the NHS.
It is branded as Tritace in the UK but marketed as Altace in the US, where figures show there are around 163million prescriptions for ACE inhibitors each year.